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(MENAFN - AFP) Flights were disrupted Friday as pilots working for the Portuguese airline TAP began a 10-day strike as part of their dispute with the government.

One in three flights were cancelled, a spokesman for the state-owned airline told AFP, adding however that at least 10 percent of its 300 scheduled flights were expected to run.

The pilots accuse the government ...

(MENAFN - AFP) If you tell your mum she's fleek, she probably won't get the compliment -- social media is driving a rapid evolution of the English language that is leaving parents baffled, a study suggested Friday.

A survey of 2,000 British parents found that 86 percent think teenagers speak an entirely different language on social media and messaging.

The most baffling ...

(MENAFN - AFP) At a hospital in Mogadishu's Yaqshid district, children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, worsened by stomach and chest infections, are receiving treatment that is likely saving their young lives.

Three years have elapsed since famine killed more than a quarter of a million people in Somalia –- more than half of them children –- yet for many of ...

(MENAFN - AFP) British insurance giant Prudential on Friday named Mike Wells as its new chief executive to succeed Tidjane Thiam, who is leaving to join Swiss bank Credit Suisse.

Wells, has been head of London-based Prudential's US unit, Jackson National Life, for the past five years. He will take up the reins on June 1, Prudential announced in a brief statement.

Wells, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The world oil market dipped Friday after rallying on the back of the first drop in US stockpiles for six months as well as a weaker dollar.

Brent North Sea crude for June delivery lost 42 cents to stand at $66.36 a barrel in London just after midday.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in June shed 11 cents to $59.52 a barrel.

However, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's stock market edged ahead Friday in subdued deals with the majority of Europe shut for the May Day holiday long weekend.

Nearing midday, London's benchmark FTSE 100 added 0.17 percent to 6,972.50 points.

On Thursday, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index gained 0.19 percent to 11,454.38 points while the Paris CAC 40 rose 0.14 percent at 5,046.49 points.

Both ...

(MENAFN - AFP) EU energy boss Maros Sefcovic said late Thursday Europe could import natural gas from ex-Soviet Turkmenistan via Iran as Brussels ramps up efforts to break its dependence on Russian-sourced energy.

Speaking after a meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in the capital Ashgabat,Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission for Energy ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Electric car pioneer Tesla unveiled a "home battery" Thursday which its founder Elon Musk said would help change the "entire energy infrastructure of the world."

The Tesla Powerwall can store power from solar panels, from the electricity grid at night when it is typically cheaper, and provide a secure backup in the case of a power outage.

In theory the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A bevy of big-screen luminaries including Luc Besson and Arnold Schwarzenegger descended on Beijing recently for a star-studded international film festival, but art-house directors raised the alarm as authorities block a wave of independent cultural events.

Seeking to raise its "soft power" and standing on the world cultural stage, China is pushing its cinema ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Drita, 31, covers her face with trembling hands. She just learned that after giving birth to three daughters in four years she is pregnant again with a girl, an unforgivable crime in the patriarchal Balkans that clearly prefers boys.

She tries to mutter a few words, but her mother-in-law, Sanije, silences her with a hard stare.

"A fourth one is a curse... ...

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